Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin Sales Reach 296,311 in First Day; Limits Lifted

by Mike Unser on January 25, 2019 · 76 comments

U.S. Mint image of Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019 Proof $5 Gold Coin

U.S. Mint image of a 2019-W $5 Proof Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Gold Coin

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins are moving quickly. Their first-day sales combined to 296,311 coins, according to United States Mint spokesman Michael White. Add in another 49,825 coins for the companion Kennedy Enhanced Reverse Proof Half Dollar.

Nearly half of the allotted gold coins are already gone and just over half of the five-ounce silver coins have been claimed. Altogether so far, the collection of coins has realized over $31.8 million.

Released Thursday, product options include proof and uncirculated editions of $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half-dollars as well as a proof 5-ounce $1 silver coin. There’s also a limited-edition set containing a proof Apollo 11 half-dollar and the previously mentioned enhanced reverse proof Kennedy 50c.

All but the half-dollars had initial household order limits. Those limits were lifted today at noon EST, meaning collectors and dealers can now buy as many coins as they want until and unless their mintage limits are reached.

Here’s a breakdown of the Apollo 11 products and their first-day sales:

  Individual Sales Realized ($) Total Sold Mintage Limit % of Limit Sold
2019-W Proof $5 Gold Coin 15,544 $6,509,050.00 23,325 50,000 46.7%
2019-W Uncirculated $5 Gold Coin 7,781 $3,180,483.75
2019-P Proof Silver Dollar 86,073 $4,729,711.35 121,453 400,000 30.4%
2019-P Uncirculated Silver Dollar 35,380 $1,837,991.00
2019-S Proof Clad Half Dollar 29,560 $826,202.00 100,262 750,000 13.4%
2019-D Uncirculated Clad Half Dollar 20,877 $541,758.15
2019-S Proof Half Dollar Set* 49,825 $2,688,058.75
2019-P Proof $1 Five Ounce Silver Coin 51,271 $11,533,411.45 51,271 100,000 51.3%
Combined Totals $31,846,666.45 296,611  

 

*The half-dollar set has its own product limit of 100,000 with 49.8% of them sold in the first day.

Buy Apollo 11 Commemorative Coins from the U.S. Mint’s commemorate online store. Orders are also accepted by telephone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

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Lazaruis
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Lazaruis

The gold and the 5 oz coin might sell out ,but I think the clads are dead weight .

Andy G
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Andy G

If you want the Reverse Proof Half for a Kennedy Half collection then you have to buy the 2 coin set. Too bad they didn’t make it all silver and only offered the clad but still only 100K available. These will go up in value quickly for the Kennedy Rev Prf. I bet they hit$100.00 +

Danny
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Danny

I agree, Andy. They will go to $100 as a complete proof set. However, it may take two or three years. If both coins are PF70’s then $200 may be a possibility five to ten years down the road…

Stan
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Stan

The Kennedy is at $139.00 by itself and a 2 coin set is $165.00 today. Many are more and few are going for less.

rodney Moore
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rodney Moore

I looked today to buy a NGC PF70 Kennedy and the absolute lowest price today (after waiting a while to let the dust settle) is $128. I doubt that it will drop any lower anytime soon. Sometimes you can find a graded coin cheaper than doing the submission one’s self, so I thought I would check. The folks calling the clad set “deadweight” seemed to have been mistaken. As a Kennedy coin collector I knew that there would be a lot of interest in this coin. Since you have to buy the set to get this coin for a coin collection, and since ebay prices are usually much higher, I knew that the clad set would sell very quickly at the mint. I would have preferred that the Kennedy coin was silver as most of the Kennedy coins in my collection is Silver with a few exceptions. I do buy… Read more »

Joe C.
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Joe C.

I don’t understand the backorder for the 5 oz coin ’til May 1st if they are only half gone.

Christopher Williams
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Christopher Williams

Great question, Joe. I ordered five (5) at 12:04 and thought I had mine and discovered last night that my order is on Back Order.

At least my Gold Proof was shipped.

RonnieBGood
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RonnieBGood

It is due to the amount of coins they strike prior to issue. They only mint a percentage of the total prior to issue. In this case it looks like 50%. When they reach that amount of coins sold they then have to mint additional to fill orders i.e. backorder.

chuck
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chuck

In the case of the 5 oz, they must not have struck anything close to 50%. As I recall, they went to back order in about 20 minutes so it makes sense that many more (most) were sold after the first 20 minutes. Many including the mint (or they would not have put a 5 limit on them) thought it would be a “hot” item. Perhaps, just guessing, they had problems with the strikes. If they did not have that problem, waiting over 3 months does not set well! Hopefully we will know the “real” story.

Jerry
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Jerry

Does the 50% sales in the 5 oz include backorder sales or only orders ready to ship?

chuck
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chuck

You would think it includes the back orders so that they could cut off further sales and show “sold out” when the limit was reached. Has anyone received a “shipped” for this item?

jerry
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jerry

i have 4 orders that have been shipped. and 6 on backorder.

GoneToPlaid
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GoneToPlaid

I agree since the mint’s website was jammed up with orders. I immediately ordered the 5oz proof a few seconds after ordering opened at 9:00 am PST, yet the order crashed on confirmation! I had to start over. I finally got my order confirmation confirmed at 9:21 am, yet I was disappointed to see that my order was back ordered with estimated delivery in May.

Larry
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Larry

I was on the mint’s site at exactly 12:00 and my 5 OZer is back ordered. That makes no sense.

Thad Staples
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I went on at 5 till 12 already busy signal from sales. I tried for 30 minutes and went to web site. Got the silver dollars

Scott
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Scott

I suspect, similar to the WWI commemoratives, all coins were “back ordered” as they are producing to order volume in a single run. I ordered at 12:06 and they even reversed the charges to my credit card for the pucks. I assume to bill later when ready.

KC&SO
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KC&SO

USM is NOT practicing FIFO when in it comes to the processing of orders.., there are others in your same situation.

Ken
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Ken

I ordered mine at 12:04 and it didn’t say BO. It was in my cart and confirmed during check out. Later on when I got the ship info they weren’t there! I agree they are doing something wrong or shady because they couldn’t have sold 50,000 by the first 4 minutes when I ordered and was confirmed.

robert garfinkle
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robert garfinkle

The U.S. Mint is shoddy when it comes to customer service, let me tell you. I ordered 5 $1 Apollo 1 ounce coins, got one when they claimed they shipped 5. That was on January 26th and It took me up to 2.5 months to get a refund on the 4 missing. They have NO clue what they are doing, each manager and or cust rep tells a different story.

Too bad I used debit card for original purchase, had it been credit card, I would have snatched the money back myself…

Something is very wrong with them.

Harry Milson
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Harry Milson

I also ordered at 12:00 exactly….and my 5 oz Silver coins were also immediately BACK ORDERED til May !! They obviously didn’t have any 5 oz available…….strike / production problems !!!! And they say not available until May !!??

Paul O'B
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Paul O'B

Joe,
Because of the immense size and the concave / convex nature of the coin, the mint had to move to a 999 fine blank. I think they are moving slowly until they perfect their minting process with as few errors on their part as possible. Just my hypothesis however.

GoneToPlaid
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GoneToPlaid

Actually and under the law, 3″ diameter 5oz silver Apollo coins are specified to be .999 fine silver. I noted, prior to when the coins went on sale, that the USM listed them as 99.999 silver. Now the same page lists them as 99.9% silver. What is up with that?

(4) PROOF SILVER $1 COINS.—Not more than 100,000 proof
$1 silver coins which shall—
(A) weigh 5 ounces;
(B) be struck on a planchet having a diameter of 3
inches; and
(C) contain .999 fine silver.

joe#2
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joe#2

People were saying that the $5 gold proof / uncirculated would be the first ones gone, And according to this writing, Not even half are gone yet between the two of them.

RonnieBGood
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RonnieBGood

Maybe now that the “one per household” limit is lifted… Time will tell.

Harry Milson
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Harry Milson

The total mintage for all categories are TOO HIGH !! Poor sales and all the ORDER LIMITS HAVE BEEN LIFTED !!!

JTR
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JTR

This happens alot after day one, Harry. It doesn’t mean poor sales at all.

CIincinnatus
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CIincinnatus

I got my shipping notice today and the 5 oz coin shipped. I went through the web site but didn’t get it submitted until about 10 minutes after noon. Just hit or miss on the ones that shipped.

Barb
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I ordered right at noon and got confirmation on the 5 oz coin and the silver dollars. Later I had a shipped notice and it said 5 oz were on backorder. I called to ask and the US Mint said they fulfilled the orders of quantity of (5) 5 oz first leaving the ones that ordered fewer than 5 for last. If I had known that I would have ordered 5 instead of 3. Disappointing – guess I will be waiting like some of the others.

J Peter
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J Peter

Well that’s an interesting excuse… as I ordered only 2 of the 5oz coins and they have shipped. That was at approx 12:03 when the order went in.
I don’t understand at all how they pick and choose orders, you would think it would be FIFO. It should be.
I firmly believe the people at the Mint just BS away as I have been on the receiving end of a line of bull from them with past purchases.
Sorry to hear your troubles. I understand.

Barb
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I agree with the BS – normally I get no more information when I call than I already knew myself. Orders should be FIFO. Well at least I will get them – hopefully.

KC&SO
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KC&SO

Across some of my orders, I have noticed that the processing of orders is not in accordance with FIFO – for example, some orders of the exact same product and identical quantity, and while placed as difference times (5 minutes apart), the latter order has shipped while my earlier order remains ‘Processing’

This BO situation IS GOING TO BE VERY INTERESTING to watch play out..,

Would love to know what % of the 51,000 1st day orders have shipped, or will be shipping this week.

KC&SO
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KC&SO

A lot has certainly changed within the collector base for Moderns over the past 5 years.., I would categorically label 1st day sales as dismal, shocking, and concerning.

It’s been a helluva run over the past 10 years.., & fun.

Danny
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Danny

The problem with demand for these coins is that most people under the age of 50 are not very interested in the ancient 50 year old Apollo anniversary. I think there are supply side production problems at the Sunshine Mint, trying to produce so many perfect three inch .999 pure silver proof blanks, they are the lone supplier that’s another problem. The US Mint is admittedly have trouble pressing these large and curved proof coins. We might be shocked at how very few PF70’s the Mint is actually capable of producing due to the extreme difficulty they are having with such a large curved coin, maybe only 5% will turn up PF70. These may be one of a kind coins if the US mint decides to stop producing them now or in future years. Any thoughts?

Danny
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Danny

Wow, I see the PF70’s are pre-selling for $550 on eBay, that’s a 100% mark-up, and this price assumes all is normal and going well at the Mint.

Danny
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Danny

$550 for a PCGS PF70 Early Release might be a 50%- 75% discount to their true value and an absolute steal if things are going poorly at the Mint. In three weeks or so we may see the price move up to $2000 for a PF70, It might be worth purchasing one or more for only $550 each!

Gardener
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Gardener

I also ordered yesterday on line, confirmed 5 oz Silver Proof and Proof $5 Gold Coin shipped with tracking number assigned from the Mint. I think your right some of us just got luckier than others.Checked a few minutes ago, all are still available except the 5 oz Proof, back ordered.

KC&SO
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KC&SO

Thanks to Rooster for posting this to the previous Lunar thread – you all NEED to read this – An interesting read from Coin World regarding the process for minting these coins. https://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/2018/12/us-mint-details-apollo-11-coin-production-challenges.html

“Harrigal said that, when it was determined that the production dies would be each individually machined, the process was reduced from 14 hours per die to 11.5 hours. With a sellout being projected, it’s likely 1,000 pairs of dies will have to be prepared.” – this equates to 100 coins per die, and each die is labor intensive to manufacture.

Mint probably, due to required labor intensive die process.., simply ran out of time to strike (or prepare all the needed dies) coins, and hence, we have a Back Order situation.

Rooster
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Rooster

You are welcome. This article did have some nice nuggets of information. Hoping this equates to quality throughout the full minting process.

chuck
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chuck

Thank you, Rooster and KC&SO for the link to the article. Was a little concern when saw Barb comment about the distribution but some what less when J Peter commented. However, with the apparent “hit or miss” on filling orders one has to wonder, since the limits were lifted, if they will now fill the “big”orders for the apparent favorites first. Usually, they will provide a back order date on ones order, but I have not gotten one. The only thing provided is the May 1, 2019 date when you click on the product and add to the cart. Will be of interest to see who has these for sale in the coming weeks.

chuck
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chuck

After reading the article again, what will be the impact on having orders filled even by 5/1/2019 since there is only one press and it is used for the 5 oz ATB program too. The next release of the 5 oz ATB (“Lowell”) is 2/7/2019.

Rooster
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Rooster

First Strike or Early Release designation for graded coins. The quality should be consistent with the number of dies they prepared.

Louis Plenzick
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Louis Plenzick

Of all the Commemorative coins ever sold, this is the singular most eventful Human endeavor of all time!! Forget the hype and the disillusioned!! And to think that the $5 Gold coins, proof or not, is a high mintage? Then you are ALL HIGH! This is not just an American thing!! 7.5 BILLION people on this planet! And 50,000 coins available!!??
Done here!

Louis Plenzick
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Louis Plenzick

I just spoke to a US Mint representative. It was 7:18pm EST. He is based in Dallas TX. First I would like to address those who feel that the Gold coins “should have been .999, instead of .900 gold.” Given the unique design of this coin, anyone who understands the properties of AG should know this! The metal is too soft to make quality coins without some rigidity! Therefore, it is a stroke of genius to add silver and copper. Especially for those who want to grade their coins. Secondly, if your concern is the intrinsic value, let it be known that Gold is at a very low cost presently. To think that the intrinsic value will not increase? Then you are NOT a collector of coins! Thirdly, He explain to me after seeing prying, that he has sold this coin on EVERY CONTINENT!! In his 22 years working for… Read more »

KC&SO
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KC&SO

Heads-Up, the $5 Proof just went Back Order in the past hour –

Available 01 May

KC&SO
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KC&SO

Mr. Unser – I have couple post hung up in the ‘Moderation’ penalty box, is there something I need to do to avoid that?

Thanks

KC&SO
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KC&SO

Should the $5 UNC go BO this coming week, then it appears the mint is ‘striking to demand’ – would be suspect if 100,000 of the Kennedy sets are all made up and sitting around on shelves to go out

Patrick Kleaver
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Patrick Kleaver

The Mint anticipated a sellout of the Apollo II coins. They should have either set the first day of sale much later in the year so that they could have all the coins minted and ready for immediate shipment, OR they should have posted prominently on their website BEFORE the January sales date that shipment may be delayed for several months. Holding off until later before offering them would probably still result in a sellout by the end of the year. If they forewarned customers to expect a delay in getting their coins, most of us would be understanding, but by waiting til a customer orders before telling them, it just aggravates people. It will be interesting to see as the months go by how many collectors get tired of waiting and cancel their orders. That will be the end of the hopes for a sellout!!

charlie
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I guess none of you caught HSN last night. Mike had the raw 5oz and graded 5oz. The dollars the gold the halves. He showed every version except the 2 coin set graded and raw. He even has an exclusive label and core with ngc for the 5oz. How is it he was able to get quantities of all to put on his coin show. $599.99 for the raw 5oz.

Richard Margolis
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Richard Margolis

That is a question that the Mint should answer, considering that there was a household limit and the USPS is not that quick

Thirsty1
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Thirsty1

charlie, thanks for your post. How is a good question… Do you recall the asking price for the raw gold coins?
Thanks!

Brandini
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Brandini

Good question I was wondering the same and then last year I got the answer live on the actual show. He pays all his employees, family, friends, and even additional people that offer to buy the coins for him and sale them to him for a very reasonable price. That’s what the guy said last year. Not sure if its true or not given the quantities he has but? Im sure the US mint does some shady stuff. I just found out and read on PCGS that to have a first day of issue designation you 1 have to have the coins there that same day or no later than the next to have that designation it says, and large orders must be placed. That’s BS. If a regular collector like me bought it first day and its sealed they should be able to get that designation as well not… Read more »

Carl, Cincinnati area
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Carl, Cincinnati area

Ordered 1 of the 5oz and 1 each of the gold confirmation email 12:06 notice of shipment email late Friday night credit card charged date 1-25. Probably will be delivered Thursday.

lonnie
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lonnie

today i got my order, suppose to be 1 proof gold & 1 uncirculated gold. when i opened the box there were 2 uncirculated gold. they did not send me the proof. i called the mint and got the problem worked out. i have to send back one of the uncirculated and reorder one of the proof which wil not be in til may or later.

Rooster
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Rooster

I wonder how often that happens. I have had poor packaging and coins flopping around though.

lonnie
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lonnie

this is the first time it has happened to me. i think they were just extremely busy but that is not really an excuse.

Rooster
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Rooster

Hope it works out ok. They should not make you wait because of their error.

sam
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sam

i wonder how this works if you leave your package unopened to preserve early release grading and you realize they sent you the wrong items like a year or two later lol, it would be hard to prove and a major headache

J Peter
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J Peter

Whoooa!! Really?
Well I just got my shipment of gold today too and the Mint sent me 2 uncirculated also! I too was supposed to get 1 of each. Whats the deal here with the Mint? I have not called them yet. Lonnie did they offer to pay for return shipping for the coin? They tell you you will get your coin in May or later?? That’s a bunch of crap.
Now that the household limit is off, has the Mint dedicated the proof gold to the big coin dealers first?
Good question eh?

lonnie
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lonnie

they tried to send me a prepaid label for me to down load on my printer but the mint person was unable to send the me label. she said for me to just mail it back to them with a bill for the shipping. i have done this once before when the case a proof set was in was broken, i did get credit for the proof set but they would not refund me for the mailing fee. as for getting a proof gold apollo coin she said i would just be on the back order list which was due to be mailed out in early may. one thing to remember is you are returning a $408 uncirculated and your were charged $418 for a proof coin they did not send. be careful or the mint will make an extra $10 off you because of their mistake. best wishes on… Read more »

jpeter
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jpeter

Thanks Lonnie

I think once a long time ago I returned an order and was told the Mint would reimburse me for the shipping and they never did.
What a rotten deal we have to now wait for our coin until May.
Thats nonsense

Rooster
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Rooster

Gents: For this to happen to two (so far) on this post I decided to open my gold proof box. It was indeed the proof and beautiful. This is a major shipping flaw for you two. The mint should move you to the head of the line and reserve one for you and the untold others that may have the same issue.

J Peter
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J Peter

Rooster

I agree the Mint should bump us to the front, but NAH! that will never happen. I called them today and of course they are sorry…
It was a sad mistake….
The best they could do for me was to send me a UPS shipping label so I could return the coin. They would then exchange and ship me the correct coin, however, they of course didn’t say anything about getting the coin in May, I had to prod them for that information.
If I was not satisfied, of course I could return it all to get my money back.
All I can say is what a BIG FAT DISAPPOINTMENT,
AGAIN from the Mint!
On another note I did get the 5oz coins and they are SPECTACULAR!!!!!
If anyone is on the fence about the 5oz-ers, go get 1. You will be pleased, but OUCH on the pocketbook.

Rooster
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Rooster

Check your packing slip that came with your coins. It should have all the necessary info and return label.

charlie
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All of Mikes prices are on the HSN website in coin collector

Danny
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Danny

Hi all, My coins were delivered this afternoon, one each of the $5 gold coins along with five 5 ounce proofs. The $5 quarter ounce gold piece is fine looking but not prooflike, I hope somebody lucks out, the $5 proof is far nicer but both coins are very small, they should have been one ounce in weight instead. Still waiting for the five Kennedy sets to arrive? Now unto the five ounce silver proofs. WOW, these are; huge, heavy, very shiny and curved, best of all they are ten times better looking then I could have imagined. Wait until you see them, their design along with each coins quality is out of this world, the Mint hit a grand slam homerun here! On the 26th, I ordered a couple PCGS PF70’s with the (Moon Label) for only $550 each, I think these will prove to be monster coins in… Read more »

Danny
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Danny

I just ordered from the US Mint five more of these very impressive 5 oz. masterpieces before their imminent sell-out either today or later this week.

Danny
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Danny

Today is January 31st, the US Mint has just pushed the new 5 oz. coin back order date out seven months to the end of August, this is creating a feeding frenzy for all first strike coins. Wow, very limited in hand quantities along with ever increasing monthly demand as we approach July 20th, equals rising prices. This is a time to buy all you can from the US Mint, these coins will go higher.

Danny
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Danny

I purchased five more today before they are gone forever, and I’m still waiting for my five Kennedy sets to arrive, has anyone received theirs yet? I hear that these first ever minted (enhanced) reverse proofs are very sharp looking!

Danny
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Danny

The US five ounce coins have four firsts… first to be a 99.9% pure silver coin, first 5 oz. to be curved, first reeded 5 oz. coin and it’s the first five ounce proof. The coin has already made history in this regard and in its extremely slow production. If they are having so many problems wouldn’t it be easier to just stop minting them, this is very unusual.

J Peter
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J Peter

I think that maybe they have stopped minting them….
The new back order date is now October!!!

Holy Moley!

Gary Colon
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Gary Colon

Just another personal experience that substantiated my suspicion that GRADING SERVICES and specifically NGC are more driven to the needs of DEALERS rather than being equally conducive to those of individual collectors. I am an “Elite” Collector with NGC that offers the benefits of “BULK SUBMITTERS” I.E. DEALERS. I ordered the 5 OZ APOLLO COINS and MY ORDER WAS CONFIRMED AND SHIPPED THE SAME DAY THURSDAY JANUARY 24, 2019. NEXT POINT. I RECEIVED THE US MINT PACKAGE ON JANUARY 26, 2019 VIA UPS. FIRST BUSINESS DAY TO MAIL WITH ALL PROOF DOCUMENTATION UNOPENED on MONDAY JANUARY 28, 2019 Which I sent via PRIORITY. Backtrack one moment NGC IS NOT OPENED ON SATURDAYS OR SUNDAYS, however, a Representative FROM NGC “HAPPENED” TO ANSWER , VIA EMAIL, MY ONLINE SUBMISSION MADE ON JANUARY 24, 2019. The NGC REP informed me of several DISQUALIFYING POINTS FOR “FIRST DAY OF ISSUE” PEDIGREE. To make… Read more »

Brandini
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Brandini

Did anyone else get a crap shape 5 oz coin, I only ordered one of those. Mine has blemishes on the obverse and reverse. It has what looks like good size grease spots on a part of it in the Cameo area by the left side of the flag. I have never opened it but can clearly see it through the case, and on the other side has a nick in the frosted area? Wasn’t too happy with the condition but it is probably my favorite ever coin I have purchased. So cool looking! Im going to buy a 70 graded FDOI PCGS one. FYI do not close the capsule all of the way you will never get it open. One of the reasons I have never opened mine. It is that tight. I fear I will have to crack this if I ever want to open it. Dumbest idea… Read more »

Danny
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Danny

Hi Brandini, I would send that coin back and quickly order another one right now before they sell out. I have received five of the fifteen that I ordered, three or four of which are perfect PF70’s and the last will grade PF69 because of one tiny pinprick dent near the top edge of the obverse field, just above the second “L” in the word DOLLAR. So the odds are very good that you will receive a perfect coin in exchange for that lemon, good luck. These are the most spectacular coins that I have had the pleasure of holding during my forty years of coin collecting!

Rooster
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Rooster

Gold prices adjusted up. Proof is $431. Uncirculated is $421.

Motso
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Motso

I just ordered a pf 70 silver
Delivery date March 11 th.

sam tweedy
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sam tweedy

Many returns for the Golden & Silver clad Cockroach coin!! Ugly!!